Has the backlash begun?
Since Frank Ocean announced his sexual orientation in an open letter on his Tumblr page, he has received praise for his courage. The confession was just in time for the release of his debut album “Channel Orange.”
His announcement has helped with sales and notoriety, but with the blessing also comes the curse.Target has refused to sell “Channel Orange.” According to a tweet from Ocean’s representative Christian Clancy:
“Target has refused to carry Franks album because of Itunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non equal rights organizations.“
It is very understandable for Target to deny sales of “Channel Orange,” via their outlet seeing that iTunes was given the ultimate exclusive, but we find it quite coincidental that Target also supports Tom Emmer who DOES NOT support the gays!
Target allegedly gave Far Right Republican Tom Emmer $150,000 in 2010. Emmer feels “homosexuality is an abomination.”
We’re sure Frank Ocean’s latest release will be wildly successful with or without Target. Do you think retailers should be able to ban artists and bands based on their sexual preferences?